|What Are Minerals?
Minerals are the building blocks of our society. We use items made with them every day.
||Diamond: The Mineral
Diamond is a mineral with unique properties and many gem and industrial uses!
Quartz is the most abundant mineral in the crust. It has many useful properties.
Mineral Identification Chart: Printable mineral ID chart by Art Crossman in MS Excel format.
Fluorescent Minerals glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light.
||Uses of Gold
Gold has unique properties that make it one of the most useful minerals.
United States Gemstones: Small mines in the U.S. produce a diversity of gemstones.
Topaz is a mineral best known as a durable gemstone and its use in Mohs Hardness Scale.
Find Minerals and Gems: Dozens of sites where you can dig and keep what you find.
||Diamonds from Coal?
Diamonds Do Not Form From Coal: That is one of the biggest misconceptions in science.
Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing.
||Tucson Mineral Show
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show: Photos from the largest gem and mineral show.
Kyanite: a metamorphic mineral that most often forms from clay-rich sedimentary rocks.
||Is Water a Mineral?
Is Water a Mineral? Comparing the properties of water with the definition of a mineral.
Calcite is a carbonate mineral with industrial, agricultural, medical and many other uses.
Herkimer Diamonds: Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems.
Spodumene is a pegmatite mineral, an ore of lithium and sometimes a gemstone.
Corundum: a very hard mineral used as an abrasive. The mineral of ruby and sapphire.
||The Acid Test
The Acid Test: Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals.
||Denver Mineral Show
Denver Gem and Mineral Show: Photos and comments about this incredible annual show.
Olivine Rain: Spitzer Telescope discovered a rain of olivine crystals on protostar HOPS-68.
||Fireworks & Minerals
The Science of Fireworks: Their shapes and colors are produced through chemistry, physics & art.
||Rare Earth Elements
Rare Earth Elements are used in cell phones, DVDs, batteries, magnets & many other products.
Abandoned Mine Accidents take 20 to 30 lives per year. Many can be prevented with education.
|Uses of Silver
Uses of Silver: Most people think of jewelry and coins, but silver\'s primary use is industrial.
Triboluminescence is flash produced when a mineral is rubbed, scratched or broken.